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Bob Sears represents clients in federal and state courts in complex civil matters. His primary focus is advocating for individuals and businesses in the Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. seeking compensation from the United States when it takes private land. For seven years, he was Missouri’s Antitrust Counsel responsible for investigating and litigating antitrust cases and merger reviews. 


  • Missouri
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri


  • St. Louis University School of Law, J.D, cum laude, 1994
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, B.A, 1983

Memberships & Activities

  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis


  • Co-Author, Where Did Aspen Go?: How Courts are Dealing with Refusals to Deal Since Trinko, The St. Louis Bar Journal, Winter 2007.


  • Court of Federal Claims: 29th Annual Judicial Conference – Rails to Trails: The Pitfalls When Litigating Liability and Damages Together or Separately – Using a Fee Shifting Statute. (Selected by the Court to participate as the sole member of the bar representing plaintiffs)
  • Antitrust Fundamentals presentation to Association of Corporate Counsel
  • Numerous CLE presentations for the Missouri Bar and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis

Awards & Recognition

  • Order of the Woolsack.
  • Three time Academic Achievement Award recipient (given for highest score in class) in Business Associations, Mergers and Acquisitions/EEC Law, and Regulation of Foreign Trade.
  • International Law Certificate.
  • Jessup International Law Moot Court - advanced to world competition.

Community Involvement

  • City Council, Kirkwood, Missouri (2010-2014, 2014-2018)
  • Rotarian - Club President (2017-2018)

News & Events

J. Robert Sears Serves on Panel at Court of Federal Claims Judicial Conference

11.28.18 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice attorney J. Robert Sears served as a panelist for the program "Rails to Trails: The Pitfalls When Litigating Liability and Damages Together or Separately – Using a Fee Shifting Statute, such as Rails to Trails" at the Court of Federal Claims 29th Judicial Conference held at...

Sears Promoted to Member of the Firm

02.01.13 | The firm is pleased to announce the promotion of Robert Sears to Member effective January 1, 2013. Sears is a member of the firm's Rails-to-Trails team which represents individuals and businesses in claims against governmental entities for compensation due as a result of the taking of private land. . .

Baker Sterchi Sponsors U.S. Court of Claims Annual Judicial Conference

11.19.12 | Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice sponsored the 25th Annual Judicial Conference held at the National Courts Building in Washington, DC, November 15, 2012. The conference agenda included a panel discussion on Rails-to-Trails Litigation. Baker Sterchi Rails-to-Trails attorneys attended the conference.


Trails Group Resolves Numerous Cases Across the Country

The Trails Group has represented thousands of landowners across the country and obtained liability rulings leading to numerous settlements in all cases resolved thus far. . .

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